S I L E R . T A B L E T S

General Activities
remove moisture, dispel wind-damp, tonify qi

Sample Indications for Use
edema in the legs, swollen knees, numbness in the lower body, arthralgia

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Ginseng 18 for spleen weakness
Alisma 16 for edema with weakness of the limbs
Diagnostic Tablets for abdominal bloating associated with moisture accumulation
Chiang Huo 13 for arthralgia with joint swelling
Morus Fruit Tablets for dizziness or tinnitus
Cinnamon 14 (prescription only) for cold-damp affecting the limbs
Jade Screen Tablets for frequent illness
Vitality Tablets for leg swelling due to heart failure

If used for edema, a few weeks should be sufficient; if it is not resolved, a different method should be tried

Manufacturing Specifications
Crude herbs are powdered and then formed into 700 mg tablets. Bottling of 100 tablets.

Explanatory Notes
Siler Tablets is based on several traditional formulas that are used mainly in the treatment of edema of the hands and feet, arthralgia (especially affecting the legs), and knee swelling (fluid accumulation). These include Major Siler Combination (Da Fangfeng Tang), Tu-huo and Loranthus Combination (Duhuo Jisheng Tang), and Cinnamon and Anemarrhena Combination (Guizhi Shaoyao Zhimu Tang). Siler Tablets is also related to Hoelen Five Formula (Wuling San), the primary diuretic prescription of traditional Chinese medicine, substituting siler for polyporous and alisma, and to Jade Screen Formula (see Jade Screen Tablets), with additional herbs for promoting moisture elimination. According to Chinese traditional principles, water accumulation can cause numbness, stiffness, and aching (but usually not sharp pain). A common problem of leg edema is aching in the legs, tendency to experience numbness, and difficulty in walking. Siler is reputed to have the ability to both remove dampness and prevent “wind disorders”, thus helping the body resist the tendency to have aches and pains associated with weather changes. The key aspects of this formula, compared to simple diuretics, such as Alisma 16, is the use of siler and cinnamon twig to resolve the surface and dispel wind, which causes aching or stiffness. Astragalus, usually thought of as an immune enhancing agent, is also considered a diuretic and is deemed useful in treating pitting edema when combined with hoelen. Similarly, cinnamon is mainly considered a wind dispelling agent, but it also serves to conduct out moisture when used with hoelen (see Cinnamon and Hoelen Formula).

Siler, Hoelen, Astragalus, Cinnamon twig, Atractylodes, Ginseng, Ginger
Pin Yin
fangfeng, fuling, huangqi, guizhi, baizhu, renshen, ganjiang